Leaving my endocrinologist’s office last week, I should have been a little discouraged. Despite my best efforts, my A1C had crept up by two tenths of a percent, I hadn’t lost the five pounds that I swore I would when I last left the office six months before, and my cholesterol had mysteriously decided to jump. All fixable (and they will be fixed) but nonetheless bothersome.
Yet as I sat in my car preparing to take off, I realized that if anything, I felt a little buoyant.
And it was all thanks to my endocrinologist.
I’ve had diabetes—gestational or type 2—for about 30 or so years, so I’ve been through my share of endos. I’ve had good ones and not-so-good ones; endos who were more concerned with ushering me quickly in and out of the office than how I felt; endos who brushed off my questions as though they were annoying mosquitos. But after shopping around and taking recommendations, I have finally settled on an endo who really gets me.
What do I mean by this? I mean for one, he listens. Really listens. Not only about any health concerns or questions I have, but also about how my life is going—my kids, my work, etc. It isn’t because we’re friends or even going to be friends, but I believe he has a deep empathy for people who deal with a day to day chronic disease and recognizes that stress on the home and work front can impact my diabetes care.
All of which got me thinking about why those other endos didn’t work out. Hence, three warning signs that you might want to switch your endo. Here goes:
3 Reasons to Find a New Endocrinologist
Sitting in the car, I knew that I would be able to get my cholesterol under control and my sugar numbers down. (Those pesky five pounds have been hanging around since 1992, so that may be a lost cause.) And it wasn’t because my doctor had scolded me, but because we had talked it out, adult to adult and came up with a plan. If you don’t have this kind of relationship with your endo, maybe you should ask for more.